Paly Link

 A PTSA publication 

Sunday, April 13, 2014
tower building drawing

The Paly Link is distributed on Sundays, except during school breaks and holidays.  Changes will be highlighted as New/Updated/Corrected.  To submit an article, see Submissions Guidelines.
Apr. 13
Flea Market, 9am- 3pm, Paly parking lot
Mon-FriApr 14-18
Staff Appreciation Week (Paly)
Apr. 14
CST Testing for Sophomores and Juniors; Special Schedules (Paly)
Apr. 14
No School for Freshmen and Seniors
Apr. 14
Paly Robotics Board meeting, 7:30pm, Robotics lab, rm 903 (Paly)
Apr. 15
College is Coming
With Harlan Cohen, 7pm, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn HS (PTSA) 
Apr. 17
PTSA Executive Board Meeting, 8:30am, ERC 
ThursdayApr. 17Junior Parent Network Morning Mtg, 8:30-9:45am, 601 Coleridge Ave
(PTSA)  New
Apr. 17
College Admissions Panel, 7pm, Haymarket theatre (C&CC)
Apr. 18
Community College Application Workshop, 9:15am, CL2 (C&CC)
MondayApr. 21
Paly Site Council Meeting, 3:45pm, SAO Date & Location change
Apr. 21
Special Emergency Drill Schedule, 7 periods, 8:10-3:25 
ThursdayApr. 24PTSA General Mtg, 8:30-9:45pm, ERC (PTSA) New
Apr. 24
Paly Service Day, 8:30am-2pm (CommSvc)
Apr. 25
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:30-10am, Patio of Tower Building 
(Paly) Updated
Apr. 27
Spring Choir Concert, 4pm, Grace Lutheran Church 
Apr. 30
Coffee with the Principal! 7-8:30pm, ERC (Paly)
May 3
Drama Dept. One-Act Performances, 7pm, Haymarket Theatre 
May 3
May Fete Parade with Paly Band, morning, University Ave. 
May 9
Sophomore Parent Network, 8:15am, 1341 Harker Ave. (PTSA)
FridayMay 9
Coffee with the Principal (Paly)
PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA

Junior Parent Network Morning Meeting  New

Thurs, Apr. 17, 8:30-9:45am, 601 Coleridge Ave, Palo Alto. 
We will talk about tutoring, TA letters, Teacher recommendation letters, and the process for making the college list. All parents are welcome. 2015 Parent Network Coordinators: Ann Doerr and Marianne Friis.

PTSA General Meeting & Program "School Climate"  New
Thurs, Apr 24, 8:30-9:45am, Paly Library ERC
Eric Bloom, Paly's new Teacher on Special Assignment for School Climate, will speak on Paly School Climate, Progress and Plans, with time for Q&A. Final PTSA meeting of the year - please join us!

Paly Service Day Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Event: Thurs, April 24, 8:00am-2pm
The Fourth Annual Paly Service Day is quickly approaching, with a wide assortment of on- and off-campus community service options.  We will need lots of chaperones for all-day off-campus sites and on-campus helpers before school and during lunch (at least 50). This event cannot happen without parent support!  Funds are also still needed for project supplies and food, so please consider contributing to the event.  Checks payable to PAHS can be mailed to Christina Owen, Paly Career & Community Engagement Advisor, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto 94301. Contact Linda van Gelder.  To volunteer, sign up here and/or come to the Parent Meeting; Refreshments will be provided.  Students, sign up here.

PTSA Parent Ed: A peek into College life   New
Tues, April 15, 7pm, Spangenberg Theatre @ Gunn H.S.   
Harlan Cohen! College transition expert and New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen of The Naked Roommate will be presenting. Senior students and parents preparing for the transition to college, and Junior families starting the college search and selection process, bring your questions! The audience will receive a card with instructions for texting questions to Harlan during the event (identities kept confidential unless otherwise indicated in your message). Harlan notes on the card "no topic is taboo. Topic ideas: making friends, homesickness, roommates, relationships, parents, peer pressure, alcohol, Greek life, clubs, activities, time management, finances, athletics, and anything that is on your mind." Looking forward to seeing you there! Questions, contact Jennifer Landesmann or Louise Valente For more about Harlan at

Sophomore Parent Network News  

All meetings at 8:15 am at 1341 Harker Ave. 

Friday Morning Meeting Topics for the final meetings of the year of the Paly 2016 (sophomore) Parent network.  

May 9: End of year wrap up and family fun. We made it! (or almost). Let's talk about what went well this year and share what kinds of activities our kids might willingly do with us this summer.

To be added to the parent net email list on Yahoogroups, contact

PTSA Open Committee Chair Positions

Paly is looking forward to another exciting year for its students and one of the ways for parents to stay involved is through volunteering for the school. The following is a list of open committee chairs and other positions that need to be filled for 2014-2015:
  • Green Teams Coordinator
  • Meals on Wheels
  • PTSA membership
  • Traffic Safety Co-Chair (2 positions)
  • Parent Network 2015 Chairs (3 positions)
  • Parent Network 2018 Chairs (2 positions)
  • Staff Back to School lunch (August) Chairs (3 positions)
  • Staff Development Day lunch (February) (2 positions)
  • Spirit Week Coordinator
  • Spirit Week Parent Class of 2015 (2 positions)
  • Spirit Week Parent Class of 2016 (2 positions)
  • Spirit Week Parent Class of 2017 (2 positions)
  • Spirit Week Parent Class of 2018 (2 positions)
  • Reflections Art Coordinator
  • Graduation Reception (2 positions, 2016 parents only)
  • Senior Activities Chair
  • Senior Activities Grad night Chair (2 positions)
  • Senior Activities Picnic Chair (2 positions)
  • Senior Activities Treasurer

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for any of the jobs, please contact Pat Markevitch, Chair - PTSA Nominating Committee,, 415-640-5441.

Paly Items Paly

School-wide Testing Schedule for April 14

Please click on the following link to look at details and testing schedule for all grade levels for April:

The deadline for early bird pricing is April 25 and fast approaching. The final deadline is May 16. Questions?
General: Melissa Anderson 
Payment and consent forms: Jeanne Marzano 
Scholarships: Charles Taylor

Parent Volunteers Needed at Graduation Celebrations  Updated

We need parent volunteers to help and can't do this without you. Sign up early to secure your place and don't miss this opportunity to see your kids celebrate their graduation with their friends! There are three events that need parent staffing:

  1. The graduation party which takes place after graduation ceremony on May 28, 9:00-2:00 (there are two shifts).
  2. Supervisors on busses to and from the graduation party as well as checking bags on loading.
  3.  Supervisors on busses to the Senior Picnic (May 27, all day), as well as checking bags on loading.

Contact the following people with any questions: Melissa Anderson (; Ann Mendenhall (; Michelle Varrin ( or SIGN UP HERE.

Paly Robotics Boosters Board Meeting
Mon. April 14, 7:30pm, Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903)
All parents are welcome to attend the Robotics Boosters Board meeting. In addition to the usual items, we will discuss Team status during this competition season.


Staff Appreciation Week, April 14-18!

Paly community, this is your opportunity to thank our wonderful teachers and staff members for all they do for our students! The PTSA will be honoring the staff with several festivities, but most appreciated are your kind words. Parents and students, please take a moment to write a short note to the teachers and staff members you would like to acknowledge - either by email directly to them, or a written note placed in the basket in the front office. We will distribute the written notes during Staff Appreciation Week."Saying thank you costs nothing, but means everything"- Anonymous


Paly Food Drive Benefiting Neighbors Helping Neighbors  New
Ongoing from April 10 to April 24, third period classes across Paly
Paly's YCS-Interact service club encourages students to participate in a campus-wide food drive by placing non-perishable food items in the labelled brown paper bags located in their third period classes. The top three third period classes will earn prizes including pizza (1st place), doughnuts (2nd place), or chocolate bars (3rd place). Donations especially wanted by the organization such as canned tomatoes or tomato sauce, canned black/kidney/white beans, whole grain cereal (no Raisin Bran or Cheerios), whole grain pasta, and pancake mixes will receive double points in the points tally.  
If you have questions, please contact YCS Interact Club ( 

Who's got better volunteers than us Nobody! Paly honors our wonderful volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Updated   

Fri, Apr 25th, 8:30-10am, Patio of the Tower Building
Please RSVP - or contact Beth Martin, Volunteer Coordinator,

Coffee with the Principal! 
Please join Principal Kim Diorio for an informal get together over coffee and snacks. No agenda, open house, all are welcome. We hope to see you on one of the following dates: 
Wednesday, April 30 7:00-8:30pm
Friday, May 9  8:30-9:45am, SSRC 
All coffees will be held in the ERC (English Resource Center) in the Library at Paly, except where noted. Please join us!


Interested in serving on the 2014-2016 PALY SITE COUNCIL??
NOW IS THE TIME to  step up and submit your name!  Don't delay!
The Paly Site Council is currently seeking candidates for TWO parent representatives to the Paly School Site Council. The Council meets on Monday afternoons, once a month. Please see the website for details (, link to Site Council in ABOUT column).
Parents will vote via a ballot in the preschool packet.  Those elected will serve from September 2014 to June 2016.  Please consider submitting your name as a candidate!  Feel free to ask questions of any current parent reps: Hayley Gans, Susan Bailey, Jonake Bose and Jill Bicknell.
All parents and guardians of Paly students are eligible, with the exception of PAUSD employees who are not eligible to serve as parent representatives at the school at which they work. Candidates must have a student at Paly throughout their term of office.
Parents interested in serving on Site Council are encouraged to attend a meeting this spring as April 14 or May 12 . The deadline for nominations is May 28.The election will be held in conjunction with school registration in August.  Please contact Edie Miller, 329-3703 ext 6629 (leave a message) with questions/nomination email is best or call.

Pillows needed for MAC building project 
Through April; bring to room 101 or to office, marked '4 Wixsom'
We are looking for donations of throw pillows for the couches and community areas for the new Media Arts Center (MAC). We are planning on printing cyanotype images of Publications covers and History of Photography and Media for pillow covers. Please drop off pillows in good condition to Room 101 (across from Trader Joe's) or in plastic bags marked '4 WIXSOM' in the Main Office. Contact Margo Wixsom with questions 

Parents of Seniors

Please review and discuss the Baccaluareate 2014 Details and the All Graduation Events Details with your student, as we are approaching the final two months of school.  For logistical and planning purposes, we hope that this information will be helpful in making those two months enjoyable and stress-free.  The documents are also available on the main homepage of If you have questions or suggestions for improvements, please contact Matt Hall at 650-279-5334 or


Sign up for Paly Glass Weekend Workshops

Apr 12-13, May 10-11 Jun 7-8, 9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio

Come learn the magic of the age-old art of glassmaking.  The 2-day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It's an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating  students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $375 per person. Open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Program.   These are priceless experiences and make great gifts  See flyer. Contact: David Camner, founder of the Paly Fiery Arts,



Did you know it's 'National Catch Your Teen Doing Something Right' Month?  New

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues. ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info: or Merrett Sheridan, PalySite Director (650) 833-4244.  Read 

College and Career CenterCandCC

Keep up-to-date with Paly College and Career Center news and events by "liking" our Facebook page. The C&CC holds an open-house after each parent night in the Fall. There is also a wealth of information in Naviance and on the C&CC webpage

College Admissions Panel  

Thurs, April 17, 7pm, Haymarket Theater
What are colleges really looking for when they evaluate candidates for admission?  Come to this informative event and find out!  Paly has invited Admissions representatives from six very different schools to speak on our panel so you can learn how applications are reviewed and decisions are made.  Topics will include:  GPA, SAT and ACT, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essays and financial aid.  Don't miss this fantastic opportunity (it won't be offered again in the near future)!  For more info, see:
Community College Application Workshop 
Fri, April 18, 9:15am in Computer Lab 2
Attend an application workshop at Paly where you can get help applying. In April, many local community colleges will have the Summer/Fall applications available; go to the colleges' websites or


Foothill College Placement Testing On-site at Paly
Tue, April 29, morning TBD; reading and math test will be taken online in Computer Lab 2
For those of you who will apply to Foothill College, the college will offer Placement Testing on-site at Paly. The tests are self-paced so it might not take the entire time to complete the testing.  In order to take the placement tests, a Foothill ID (obtained after completing an application at and your Social Security Number are required.  Placement test results are required to register for courses so put forth your best effort to do well.  

Palo Alto Medical Foundation job posting  New
REQUIRED: high school graduate or equivalent, with general knowledge of medicine and
proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), to assist with research projects with data analysis and participant recruitment skills.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is a not-for-profit, community based multispecialty group practice of medicine. PAMF patients are cared for by the more than 1,000 physicians from the four historic medical groups affiliated with PAMF: Camino, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and Mills-Peninsula. PAMF provides care to patients at its clinics and medical centers throughout Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Collectively, we do our utmost to enhance the well-being of the people in our communities through compassion, excellence and innovation.
To learn more about Palo Alto Medical Foundation visit our website at
Community College Open Houses  
These events offer an opportunity to learn about special campus resources, student life, financial aid, as well as academic and certificate programs and transfer preparation.  Often, on-site applications, placement testing, and registration is available; attending these events usually entitles you to priority (early) advising and registration--which is key as a new student.  
To obtain permission to miss class and attend, pick up a permission slip from the C&CC, request your teacher's signature, and bring it with you to the event.

    * College of San Mateo's Connect to College night for high school students and parents. Thurs, Apr. 17, 6-8:00 pm in the College Center (2nd floor). For more information or to RSVP by Mar. 31 (preferred but not a deadline), contact 650-574-6646 or

    * Foothill College's Day on the Hill - A High School Senior Conference will take place on Sat, May 3, 9am-1:00 pm (lunch included). More information, or or 650-949-6973.

    * DeAnza College's New Student & Parent Open House will take place on Sat, May 10, 9am-1 pm in the Sunken Garden. On-site applications and placement testing will be done as well as advising and more.  More information or or 408-864-8327.

    * DeAnza College's Disability Support Services (DSS) will host informational high school transition meetings on Thurs, Apr. 24, and Thurs, May 22,  6-7:30 pm in the Learning Center West, room 110. More information

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through April 19, 2014:   Paly deadlines may be 2-4 weeks prior to public scholarship deadlines to allow for Paly TA and Guidance lead times. To learn about scholarships listed below and others login to Naviance using your user ID and password or login as a Guest with no password.  Click the "Colleges" tab, scroll to the  "scholarships and money" section, then click on the "scholarship list" link.  Click here
 for more information about scholarship resources.   
Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Scholarship Collegiate Scholarships - Deadline 4/15 
Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts - Deadline 4/18
Honmyo Nguyen Family Trust Scholarship - Deadline 4/23  NEW 

Off-Campus Visits: Visit Naviance for details

College of San Mateo   4/17/14   6:00 PM    College Center (2nd floor)

De Anza College         4/24/14   6:00 PM     Learning Cntr West, Rm 110, Cupertino

Community ServiceCommSvc
For more Upcoming Community Service Opportunities, see the Big Blue Bulletin Board in the Tower Building. See the robust Calendar of events to match your community service interests.
For current Get Involved announcements, and a robust calendar and database of opportunities by category please visit


Paly Service Day 

Thurs, April 24, 8:30am-2pm.

The Third Annual Paly Service Day is quickly approaching, with a wide assortment of on- and off-campus service options. Examples include building playhouses for Habitat for Humanity and helping out at the Palo Alto Art Center. For students taking Living Skills this summer, this is a great way to start building up your required hours. If you would like to lead a project, contact Christina Owen. To sign up as a team member, go here.  Parent volunteers, sign up here

Community Input Forum
Thurs, April 17, 5-8pm, JLS Middle School, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
In April, there will be an engagement forum for community members to share what they believe should be the district's priorities for students.  We hope all interested parents and community members will attend this important forum.  If you have any questions regarding these forums or the LCAP and LCFF, please contact Ed Services Coordinator Judy Jaramillo-Argumedo at
 Community AnnouncementsCommAnn

Palo Alto Art Center Spring Classes

Registration is now open for art classes for Preschoolers, Kids and Teens. Classes start April 7.  
View the full descriptions for all our classes online at


MC Sports Summer Broadcasting Workshop

Learn live television sports production. Students going into grades 6-12 will get hands on training from industry professionals on the basic skills required to produce live sporting events. No experience is necessary, we'll teach you everything you need to know. Everyone has a chance to learn all crew positions and the last day, the student team will film a live local sporting event that will be shown on TV.

Two Sessions are offered: July 14th to 18th for Students going into Grades 6-8 and July 21st to 25th for Students going into Grades 9-12. Classes are daily from 10am to 3pm. The registration fee is $475 per student. We do have a limited number of needs based scholarships available. Space is limited to 12 students per session. Click to register for Session 1.   Click to register for Session 2.  And the fun doesn't stop there. All workshop graduates will have the option to join the MC Sports Crew to cover Live Local School Sports. All crew members receive Community Service hours, a free meal and the opportunity to build valuable sports broadcasting skills.

Does Your Teen Have Trouble Sleeping?

The Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University is currently conducting a study to help teens go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.  The treatment involves use of a light device that is placed by the child's bedside and flashes periodically throughout the night. The study requires two visits to Stanford University, complTeting a sleep diary daily for five weeks, and weekly brief telephone calls to check in.

We are looking for teenagers who are:enrolled full-time in 9th-12th grades; have difficulty falling asleep and waking up in the morning; are not currently taking any medications for sleep; desire to go to bed at an earlier time; don't sleep only in the prone (face-down) position.

If you are interest in participating please contact Meital Mashash, Study Coordinator at: (650) 725-7767

EXHIBITION: Inside Rodin's Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery
April 9-August 3, 2014
Dr. James Chang, an internationally renowned hand reconstruction surgeon at Stanford, has long been fascinated by Rodin's sculptures of hands, many of which evince medical conditions. This groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary exhibition demonstrates these technologies and provides an exciting interactive experience for visitors.  More information at

The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder: What do we know and what are we investigating?
Tues Apr 15, 7 pm at Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall on Stanford campus.
Free Lecture by Jennifer Pinto-Martin, the Director for the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Chair of the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Appropriate for parents of children of all ages. No registration needed. For more:

Environmental Toxins and Disabilities  
Wed, April 16, 7-9 pm, Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024.
The Human Experiment, produced and directed by Sean Penn, is a film that follows a band of unlikely activists who are fighting back.  They'll go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry to uncover a system that's been hidden from consumers.  Los Altos resident Dana Nachman, who made this film, will show the film and then answer questions. For more info:

The Museum of American Heritage Presents Digital Logic
April 19 & 26, 1-4pm, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

An introduction to digital integrated circuit operationStudents assemble and solder a human reaction timer built from discrete digital logic devices. Basic electrical knowledge of voltage, current, and circuits is strongly suggested. $70 for Museum members; $80 for non-members.For Info: 


Palo Alto Friends Nursery School Presents FIESTA! Pre School Carnival and Silent Auction

Sat, April 19, 11am-2pm, 957 Colorado Ave

Come one, come all to FIESTA which is a fundraiser for the Friends Scholarship Fund.  Save the Date! Silent auction, music, games, prizes, food and more!


Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon 

Wed, April 30, 11:30-1:00 pm, JCC Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
"Creating a Place to Belong and Learn" luncheon program.  Speakers Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD and Dorothy Steele, EdD will talk about their new book, "Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn".  RSVP for the luncheon at  Luncheon is free with donations invited. Donate at 


LegiSchool Photo Contest : California Through My Eyes! 

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, May 9, 2014
LegiSchool invites current California high school students to step behind the lens and capture an image or moment that represents California.  The first-place winner will receive $150 and four runners-up will receive $100 each. Entry forms are available online at   


All About Food Allergies presented by: Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research.
Learn the Latest on Food Allergy Trends and Advances in Research New
Thurs, May 22, 7-8:30pm, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auditorium
Register now for this free event at and enter SAFAR.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah and Tina L.R. Dominguez PA-C MMS
Amateur Radio Class
Sat and Sun, May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & June 1 at 1-3pm, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

This Museum of American Heritage class prepares you for the "No-Code Technician" test. The technician class Ham Radio license is your entry-level ticket to the exciting world of amateur radio. Once you have your ham license, you never have to repeat the test! A bonus of being a ham radio operator is that you have the communication skills to help with disaster relief activities. Fee: $50 (plus $30 for the study guide). For more info Email:   

Assist in East Palo Alto K-4 classes

Seeking parents willing to volunteer beginning in September to assist in K-4 classrooms in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child's school.  These schools have almost no parents PTA. It's one hour per week starting in September. Our organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. Click here for an informational flyer. To learn more about the experience, contact parent volunteers Elizabeth Moragne or Heidi Mickelsen at To sign up, see "Get Involved" at or contact Carolyn Blatman, ASM Program Director, at  

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